The coronavirus pandemic may have shut the whole world down, but it didn’t stop Taylor Swift from doing what she does best… writing new music. The worldwide superstar surprised fans in July when she dropped her eighth studio album, folklore, and she’s done it again with the reveal of her follow-up, evermore.
In a post to Instagram on December 10, the songstress revealed that the sister album to folklore is a ‘thank you’ to fans for their support over the years and an early birthday present ahead of her 31st year.
“Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backwards, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now,” she wrote. “You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something! I also know this holiday season will be a lonely one for most of us and if there are any of you out there who turn to music to cope with missing loved ones the way I do, this is for you.”
Evermore will feature 15 tracks on the standard edition, with a deluxe version including two additional. Collaborations include Haim, The National and Bon Iver, who was featured on the track “exile” from folklore. In another post, Swift explained that the writing process for folklore was so magical that they just continued to write and create what has now turned into evermore.
“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in,” she shared. “I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore. In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning. I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales. I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them. And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB, and Justin Vernon. We’ve also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around…”
As an added bonus, the Tennessee native revealed that the music video for “willow” would drop along with the album. The clip was directed by Swift herself and was filmed under the safety and advisory of a medical inspector.
Evermore is available for pre-order now.
evermore track listing:
’tis the damn season
no body, no crime (featuring Haim)
coney island (featuring The National)
cowboy like me
long story short
evermore (featuring Bon Iver)
right where you left me
it’s time to go